Good afternoon everyone my name is Karen House connect I’m the associate provost for research and I want to welcome all of you to our lecture today here on the Biddeford campus it’s also being live-streamed so those of you who are joining us virtually welcome I’m really very pleased to introduce and welcome Rick Corey to you any rick is.
Currently assistant professor of intermedia and innovative communication design and the director of operations for the virtual environment.
And multimodal interaction laboratory Femi the Vimy lab at the university of maine rick received his BA in studio arts from UMaine a Masters of Fine Arts.
And intermedia from UMaine and also a PhD in intermediate collaborative practices in 2014 and I’m really delighted to have him join us today and talk about the work that.
Goes on in their lab with virtual and augmented reality and possible and future applications to healthcare so please join me in welcoming Rick okay all right let’s see is this actually working okay good cool hi as you noticed I spent a little bit too much time at you mean so I’m happy to be here you Andy and thank you all.
For inviting me where was my clicker okay forgive me a minute as I get everything organized here.
So I really wanted to talk when Karen and I met and she asked me to come down I really wanted to talk about our research and the education that we give to our students at the vehm E lab and now it’s actually making some level of impactful difference certainly on our students lives and definitely on my life. Nicholas Giudice and I started this idea that you know we now call the Femi lab it started in a teeny little 16 by 16 room in which we struggled quite a bit by the.
Time we got to above four students and it got it got a little confined for virtual reality when we.
Needed 16 by 16 spaces so that wasn’t working out very well so overtime here and this is 10 years later and actually we just had our big.
10 year anniversary we have now moved into this is Carnegie Hall which is now officially all of the eme.
Lab space let me get some I like to get facts out of the way right away administrators love them and that way I don’t have to talking about me anymore but so we have about 20,000 square.
Feet of lab space full lab in research space and basically some student mess around space we have five faculty and staff there in about on staff there’s 20 active paid students per year and that’s per year they rotate I think we’re up to 23.
Right now some will graduate in December and.
The numbers so 20 is a go to average number we’re about 80 percent grant funded this is NSF and.
NIH and about 20% comes from corporate funding that you know we happen to drag in all of the work that I’m gonna show you all the projects that we put together everything it is out there all of this is student driven all those is a student made these are these are not PhD students the majority.
Of our work is undergraduate students and the other thing that you need to.
Know is that we are a truly interdisciplinary lab and when I say truly because I think a lot of people like to say hey I have an engineer therefore I’m interdisciplinary this is to prove my point I’m not.